Bee Urban
 

Bee Urban

Bee Urban[a] is a company whose business idea is to place bee hives in urban environments for a fee - the bees help with pollination of plants in the city, thus giving us all a better environment. Just like every other hive, these hives produce honey, and each year it is harvested. I went to Bee Urban's honey processing center (for want of a better word) to picking up some urban honey. I got the honey, a tour of the facility, and also ended up adopting 50 bees on the spot![b].

Bee Urban's founders, Karolina Lisslö and Josefina Oddsberg, also won the runner-up prize in this year's Beautiful Business Award[c].

A frame from a bee hive. The cells are covered by wax ("capping"), which is scraped off before it is "slung" out in an extractor.

2013-11-04 14:14

Stora Skuggan
Stockholm, Sweden

Stora Skuggan

Josefina Oddsberg shows the un-slung frame from a bee hive.

2013-11-04 14:14

Stora Skuggan
Stockholm, Sweden

Stora Skuggan

The honey-making room. The extractor is the steel cylinder in the far left corner. The extractor works as a centrifuge[d] and since it doesn't destroy the cells in the frames, they can be re-used by the bees.

2013-11-04 14:16

Stora Skuggan
Stockholm, Sweden

Stora Skuggan

Here, in the basement of Stora Skuggans Wärdshus, is where the honey is processed by Bee Urban.

2013-11-04 14:21

Stora Skuggan
Stockholm, Sweden

Stora Skuggan

Honey packed nicely into my backpack...

2013-11-04 14:27

Stora Skuggan
Stockholm, Sweden

Stora Skuggan

Two jars of honey, in an urban setting this time. The blurred shapes of Hötorgshusen can be seen in the background.

2013-11-04 15:31

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Vattugatan 15